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Google searches help track sources of foodborne illness

Google searches help track sources of foodborne illness

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Harvard's Public Health Center is using Google tracking to find restaurants that make people sick. This is how they do it: If you've been to Mom's Diner, and hours or even days later start searching on terms like "nausea" and "stomach cramps," there is a likelihood of a problem at Mom's. In Harvard's tests in Las Vegas and Chicago, health inspectors were sent out when the searches turned queasy. Over half the time -- 52 percent -- they found a problem at the restaurant where Google users had eaten. Chicago has 38 inspectors for more than 8,000 restaurants. Using routine inspections, they find problems only 23 percent of the time, less than half the rate in tests of Google tracking. Reading this, you might worry that Google Maps knows where you've been and is rep...
Searching the Internet for illness symptoms

Searching the Internet for illness symptoms

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BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - When people get sick, one of the first things people tend to do in the Internet age is to Google for the symptoms they're feeling. Dr. Seth Sullivan with Baylor, Scott and White joined us on First News at Four to talk about a new study that sheds some insight about how people are feeling in certain areas of the country, at certain times of the day. In the study it states, "Internet searches were correlated with the regions with the highest rates of coronary heart disease. Moreover, there was a threefold increase in searches in all three countries during winter months compared with summer months and a 100% increase during peak searching hours, which were between 6 A...